I recently found a very nice blog post on the definition of “Intelligent Design” by non-theist Dennis Jones. If you have ever wondered what Intelligent Design is about, or whether ID is a scientific enterprise, or even if ID is making any headway in the scientific establishment, then read this blog. It’s better written than anything I’ve ever blogged about on the subject (yeah, faint praise.)
Dennis, however, wants to go beyond ID, and talk about some of the other implications of ID. For example, does ID have something to say about cosmology, or thermodynamics or quantum mechanics? The thread that connects all these other scientific disciplines with ID is “information”. ID purports to discover information, the kind made by intelligent agents, or “Complex Specified Information.” Cosmology asks whether this is a conserved quantity in the Universe, something the even Black Holes can’t erase. Thermodynamics asks whether conservation of information and conservation of energy are really the same thing. And quantum mechanics asks whether information can be quantized, whether it is something that comes atom-by-atom, and what this implies for reality. (QM has a rocky relationship with reality, so it’s a bit unfair to drag its problems into this discussion, but the soap opera can be entertaining as long as we don’t let ourselves get too involved.)
But this isn’t what everyone wants to know about ID’s implications, they want to know “what does ID say about the Designer?